Sources: LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis 'upset' about clause in contract; Texas A&M continues its pursuit

Texas A&M continues to pursue LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis, who is upset about a clause in the new contract LSU has offered him, sources told The Advocate on Tuesday.

“They’re talking,” one source said of A&M and Chavis.

Chavis, under contract through next December, has not signed a three-year, $4 million new contract LSU has offered him, a source said. The deal would pay him $1.33 million a year, a $30,000 raise from his current contract and run through the 2017 season, but it includes a provision that has “upset” Chavis, sources say.

The clause says that if Les Miles were no longer the head coach, Chavis would be compensated for only the next six months. LSU has also offered Chavis a two-year contract that does not include the Miles clause and would run through the 2016 season.

Texas A&M is believed to be offering Chavis a heftier raise. Chavis’ current deal pays him $1.3 million a year, third nationally among college football assistants, according to rankings from USA Today.

A decision from Chavis is likely to come soon after LSU’s bowl game, a source close to the coach said.

Chavis just completed his sixth regular season as defensive coordinator on Miles’ staff, coming to the Tigers from Tennessee in 2009. The Advocate reported last week that the Aggies had reached out to Chavis about their opening at defensive coordinator.

LSU’s defense has finished in the top 15 nationally each of the previous four seasons. The 2014 defense is ranked eighth nationally — first in the Southeastern Conference — as the Tigers (8-4) head into a match with Notre Dame (7-5) in the Music City Bowl at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The buyout details of Chavis’ current contract remain murky. His original contract, signed in 2012 and ending at the end of this month, had a buyout of $400,000 for the last year of the deal.

The contract was extended through December of 2015, according to a letter of agreement provided to The Advocate. It’s unclear if the new year includes a buyout.

Texas A&M has been without a defensive coordinator for more than a month, since coach Kevin Sumlin fired Mark Snyder days after the Tigers beat the Aggies 23-17 on Thanksgiving Night. Snyder made $700,000 a year and had a deal that ran through the 2015 season.

This is at least the third time a school has reached out to Chavis since he arrived in Baton Rouge in 2009. Texas and Georgia have both flirted with the coach.

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